Overlooked and Overshadowed

I will apologize for the long post but have so much to say. On Sunday while riding in Edgewater I was instantly reminded of a childhood memory. I remember going to Chicago's Sears tower and I noticed another building to the east. It was beautiful and had so much detail to it. The tour guide saw me looking and told me that it was the Chicago Board of Trade Building. I remember the building regally showing its art deco style. At the very top is a status of Ceres, the goddess of grain and harvest. I guess it is between 20-50 feet and was created with painstakingly and precise detail. There is a clock with these gothic like figures that enthralled me. I remember wishing that I could leave and visit that building instead. I thought to myself that it was such a pity that this beautiful building was overshadowed by a building that, in my opinion, was only taller and not as beautifully detailed.

I don't know why this was on my mind but begin thinking how this represents life. So often many people with wonderful qualities are overlooked as people quickly pass to something newer or more trendy. In the music industry, you have artists that have honed their skills to near brilliance and do not get the respect that they deserve. Mostly because so many people will flock to who can gyrate the fastest or who has a slammin' beat but can't tell you a word to the song. There are movies that the writer/producers have taken time to massage their plots and story lines into fantastic, multi-layered films/videos. Yet, because they lack explosions or the new "it" movie star, are viewed by minimal audiences. You have people who take great care of not only their physical but their inner self and can not find partners. All because the fashion industry says that their look is "out" right now. There are singers with melodic and beautifully toned voices that are never heard because there is someone that is louder that sings over them. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that those other artists, writers/producers and people should not be respected and prosper also but is it proportioned? Sometimes, no!

It kind of weighed heavy on my heart until I remembered a dream I had a few years ago. I was toiling about the same thing but with the people who work hard in the church. There are dedicated people who never receive a dime and then you have those who are paid handsomely and don't care or do much about/around the church. My dream opened up with me on a mountain and I was looking down at some of the diligent workers who were working in what looked like a dismal scene. They were walking around in the mud with their head hung and rain beating down on their heads. I looked to my left and there was Jesus. I asked him why would He allow this to happen and He told me to look again. I saw the same thing and asked Him twice more receiving the same response. The last time I looked and realized that the rain was sparkling. It was then that I realized that they were diamonds. It all became clear to me. They weren't drenching wet walking around in mud. They were so saturated in God's blessings pouring down from heaven that it even blessed the ground they were walking on. And they weren't walking with their heads down in shame but in worship for His goodness.

Anyway, for all those who feel overlooked and overshadowed, I hope you are encouraged. This is for you:


WhozHe October 10, 2007 4:46 AM  

Wow, what a powerful dream. I need to look more often for God's blessings in my life.

Ailed LittleKnight October 10, 2007 8:13 AM  

I don't think that I am overlooked or overshadowed but I do think the song message is meant for low individuals. People who need motivation and inspiration. I am encouraged and I have to love who I am start believing that I am beautiful and I have what it takes to live a bountiful life. Thank You! Nice Song Choice!!!

fuzzy October 10, 2007 8:14 AM  

It does suck for those that work so hard and have much talent and get placed on the back burner by the next big thing! There needs to be a board of approval and a waiting list for the next big thing! lol

Anonymous October 11, 2007 9:44 AM  

Chicago...don't you love it?

Jersey Brotha October 11, 2007 7:23 PM  

Excellent dream! So many times in life we focus on the bad things. If we really look at the situation, we realize that it's not as bad as it looks. All things work together for our good.

Lyrically speaking October 12, 2007 10:58 AM  

Awwwwwwwwwwww, see, here I was bugging you about posting something new in here and you did. Cool, thanks for this one Ty, happy Friday. You are so right, so many are overlooked. Thanks for the video :) which put a smile on my face

Nitty-Gritty October 12, 2007 12:38 PM  

Glad to see you know you has your back first.

Dayne Avery October 13, 2007 4:52 PM  

I'm with you and finding beauty in the unconventional. That's an artist for you.

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T October 14, 2007 3:07 PM  

nice spot folk - holla at me sometimes

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Kensilo October 18, 2007 7:31 AM  

What a wondeful deam.. Inspiring.

yet another black guy October 18, 2007 11:20 AM  

i agree with the message. so many quality individuals and things are overlooked due to hype over something rather mundane in comparison.